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Review of The Gastonian - A Boutique Inn

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The Gastonian - A Boutique Inn
Ranked #6 of 113 Hotels in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
Naples, Florida
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17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“what happened??”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2012

Did this hotel come under new ownership? It was recently so organized and pristine -- now it feels like a low budget company runs it. There are "new" rooms added to the originals, but they are not very nice at all. And the original rooms are lacking in the cleanliness and charm they once had. Breakfast was not the same either. This was sad to return to such a reduction of past luxuries. I will not be returning.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank NaplesPrince
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Vancouver, Canada
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504 reviews
94 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 319 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

In a word 'wow'! If you are a sucker for history then stay at the Gastonian as it's like walking into 1868! The smell of the place is wonderful as they are always baking. Their breakfasts are wonderful. The staff super friendly. If you cannot abide stairs then stay elsewhere or book the first floor. Theor beds are super comfy and on turndown they left candied pecans! Parking in the area is free . . . if you can find a spot. If you like character & historical charm then this place is perfect. I stayed for 2 nites and they met and exceeded all expectations.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank canadian175
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Cornwall, ON, Canada
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47 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2012

Just left this morning, and wish I were still in residence...truly! This is probably one of the nicest boutique hotels/B&Bs I have ever stayed in thus far in my life. We were in Room 306 (Mary Telfair) and it was quite huge. Two beds (amazingly comfortable) and 8 windows that basically gave a 360-degree view from the top floor of the main mansion.
The staff was welcoming (Karen and Omida were outstanding as the morning and evening concierges and were very easy to chat with--fonts of information). I have to say that Rachel, the concierge was good too, but was far less approachable and a bit dour when we first checked in--if we can hear the boredom in your voice when we ask questions, it's not a good sign--but this was a minor annoyance.
The morning breakfast staff were kind and attentive--James cooks some amazing breakfasts with assistance from Maris who always kept us regaled with stories about his dog, Precious. It was a delight to chat with him each morning...and the food truly was spectacular, although some might find the selection limited to 5 choices, we found that plenty for a four night stay.
The property is a bit of a walk from the Riverfront, but it was nice to work off some of the food from the local restaurants...haha.
The evening desserts and cordials were unanimously good--almond/cherry torte, blackberry cake, pineapple cake, pecan cookies, etc., as well as decanters of port, sherry and peach schnapps to enjoy while trading stories with the other guests in the plush front sitting room.
Be aware that there are only 6 on-site parking spots, and the on-street parking around the hotel can be a bit complicated as to where and when and how long you can park...but just ask and all will be explained--Omida was a lifesaver when I returned at 11pm on the night of the 4th of July.
A truly great property that I hope to return to in the near-future and that I can recommend almost unreservedly.

Room Tip: Loved Mary Telfair for its two beds and its corner location. Though the Julia Scarborough Room seem...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NYUCanadian
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Hampshire
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2012

It calls itself a B&B and a boutique hotel in its leaflet - I'd say it is the latter, with a price tag that reflects that. This is an airy, elegant antebellum townhouse artfully refurbished and part of a small group of similar properties in Savannah. It had mixed reviews so I did have my fingers crossed, but no need - we thought it was fab.

We had a deluxe room which was spacious and beautifully decorated with a bathroom you could get lost in. Breakfast was a very informal affair in the kitchen with the friendly staff cooking it in front of you. Food was simple - much more basic than some of the B&Bs we stayed in - but it was fine. Afternoon wines and canapes were more extravagant and a really nice touch.

The staff oozed Southern friendliness and couldn't have been more helpful with lots of ideas of what to do and where to go, and someone was always on hand to help with bags and so on. The house is well away from the town centre, just across from Forsyth Park which is perfect as it's quiet and peaceful but an easy and wonderful walk into the town centre down any number of roads and through all the fabulous squares in this stunning city. I suspect if you stay further in, you won't see anywhere near as much.

The Gastonian has all the easy charm and laid back elegance that typifies Savannah and it steps straight out of the book the city's famous for. For us it was the beginning of a love affair with the city - I'd definitely recommend the Gastonian though I suspect there are also lots of other lovely places and we will probably try another before returning.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GlendaHampshire
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Houston, TX
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57 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2012

The service here was prenominal. You tip when you leave so everyone works extra hard to give you the best. After a long walk my husband was outside in front using the phone, one of the staff brought him a bottle of water. This is typical of all of the staff. The get togethers around 4 and 8 are great for talking to other guests. We enjoyed meeting other guests. We liked walking to the river. It was a nice distance. It gave you time and opportunity to see and neighborhoods and work off the wonderful food, both here and around Savannah.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank hollarm
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Washington DC
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

The Gastonian is a superb location from which to explore and enjoy the historic area of Savannah. The hotel itself is a delightful part of this heritage, and the staff a wonderful advert for southern hospitality, so friendly and courteous, making us feel very welcome and comfortable during our all too short one night stay. A really delightful hotel to which we shall certainly return!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank worldtraveller9876
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Dawsonville, Georgia, United States
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26 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2012

We stayed in the carriage house for four days. The room was awesome. We were told that Frank I think would help with our bags but he darted out before he offered or we asked. The breakfasts were amazing however, but unfortunately each room getsonly one menu to circle your selected items on. One day my fiance and I both wanted omelettes but we get very different ingredients. There was no way to circle both of our ingredients so I wrote out omelette on the side and my ingredients. We were somewhat chastised by the man on the late shift. We tried to explain it to him. It took three times before he got it. Since it's only 6 cents a copy it seems each room needs two sheets in case you both want an omelette and you can each circle the ingredients for each omelette. The guys cooking and serving breakfast were sweet. I have no idea who the owners are as we never saw them. I LOVED the clawfoot tub out in the open in the room! The other guests were absolutely delightful. The wine and hors d' oeuvres in the afternoon were wonderful and the desserts and port in the evening were a great touch. So much food. You won't go hungry here. Unfortunately they were out of diet coke the first two days I was there. AAaaaagghh! Overall it was a fabulous experience.

Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank wanderlust1968
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Property: The Gastonian - A Boutique Inn
Address: 220 E Gaston St, Savannah, GA 31401-5612
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Region: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Savannah > Downtown
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Savannah
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Gastonian - A Boutique Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offering a classic, elegant residential atmoshpere and unsurpassed service. Private gardens, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, complimentary wine and hors'doeuvres reception in the early evening, and complimentary homemade desserts and cordials at night. Other amenities included in your rate are free parking, free wifi and complimentary turndown service. AAA 4-Diamond Award winner and a Diamond Collection Inn. ... more   less 
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